Although it’s safe to say nearly everyone has at least heard of Oktoberfest, it’s not quite up there with Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. At least, not in the United States.
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If you’ve ever had the opportunity to organize a field trip - whether in a school setting, for a religious organization, or perhaps a club like the Boy Scouts - you know it’s both a daunting and highly rewarding task. Few educational or social experiences can match the memory-making power of a well-organized trip with a group of friends.
Labor Day is quickly approaching and so is the potential for memorable get-togethers with friends and family. Barbeques, church parties, and backyard gatherings can be more fun when the host is armed with creative picnic food ideas and delicious drinks to pass around. Labor Day often serves as a 3-day-weekend for many Americans, but it began, and is set aside as, a day to pay tribute to working individuals in the United States and Canada. It became a national holiday for both countries in the year 1894.
Family reunions can be amazing opportunities for families to rekindle relationships from across the country or even the globe. Reunions bring families together in a single place for a special time of reacquaintance and reminiscing, as well as welcoming new members, like new born babies or recent spouses.
Traditionally, the Hawaiian culture celebrated major milestones and important events with a ‘aha’aina (lit. “gathering meal”) where hundreds of people would gather together to enjoy a symbolic feast. While this ancient custom has faded into antiquity, its spirit survives in the modern Hawaiian luau.
When the weather warms up and the sun is shining high, it’s the perfect time to energize your weekly worshippers with a church picnic.
As times change and cultural norms evolve, families no longer live with or near one another as much as in the past. Nuclear families separate when the kids move out, sometimes across the country or even across the world, and when work or other opportunities take them to new places.
The 4th of July is one of our most treasured holidays. Most people are familiar with picnics, cookouts, and fireworks that take place to commemorate the summer celebration, but you might not know the history behind those beloved traditions, or why they still mean so much to us today.
Without a doubt, planning a wedding is a huge undertaking. Most couples today, want their wedding not only to be a day to remember a major life milestone, but also to reflect their individual personalities and sense of style. And, whether you’re having a rustic barnyard celebration or a lavish metropolitan affair, every little detail, from flowers to invites or the cake, plays a role in making it a day you and your guest won’t soon forget.
Above all things, a mom wants to know that her children (and husbands, too) are thinking about her. Most of us don’t think of it in this way, but for a mother, the day we are born, so are they. Every moment we spend with them is special and unique – and although we aren’t given instructional manuals on how to express our feelings, this Mother’s Day we’ll help you say I love you without words.
There are many reasons to invest in an annual company picnic. A much-needed day outside the office affords a change of scenery that can strengthen company morale, recharge employee’s batteries and even spark some valuable creativity. When you demonstrate your appreciation for their efforts and your commitment to the wellbeing of their families, you encourage teamwork and genuine human connection throughout the organization. This can be especially useful in larger organizations where people have minimal interactions outside their immediate work groups.
A beautiful wedding day is every bride’s dream. But for most couples, planning a wedding is the first time they’ll ever have to think about an event of that magnitude, and the task can be daunting if they’re working with a limited budget. Choosing the right decorations for your reception, for instance, can be confusing (and sometimes a bit scary).
Don’t get caught without some green on St. Paddy’s Day. Whether you’re flying to Chicago to take part in the dying of the river, or marching in your local parade – this year you can celebrate the Irish tradition with game changing gear that will turn things upside down, and set your party apart from the rest. St. Patrick’s Day shirts, hats, sunglasses, shamrock shaped necklaces and other goodies are some favorites you'll see fellow party-goers sporting during the festivities. But here are some more ideas for the serious celebrant, and a full blown explosion of green.
In New Orleans, every day of the week is Fat Tuesday. The carnival celebrations have ended - but we can learn from the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, to bring something amusing and delightful to our cobblestone events. Whether you’re looking at Mardi Gras for inspiring decorating ideas, or would like to learn more about the iconic masks, beads, food and music, we invite you to take plunge with us into some of the traditions that surround the colorful festivity.